Period
to 25 February 2021

The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in London with a requirement for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Microsoft over the 6 months to 25 February 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

The figures below represent the IT contractor job market in general and are not representative of contractor rates within the Microsoft Corporation.

Microsoft
England > London
6 months to
25 Feb 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 15 12 13
Rank change year-on-year -3 +1 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 1,837 3,091 4,407
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 9.34% 10.90% 10.09%
As % of the Vendors category 24.59% 27.75% 25.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,606 2,260 3,117
Median daily rate £475 £450 £454
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% -0.88% +0.89%
10th Percentile £259 £191 £177
90th Percentile £638 £638 £650
England median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 123 137
Median hourly rate £26.65 £21.00 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +26.90% +12.30% +7.63%
10th Percentile £12.69 £12.44 £12.50
90th Percentile £67.23 £78.75 £34.35
England median hourly rate £18.27 £17.50 £15.25
% change year-on-year +4.40% +14.75% +1.67%

Microsoft is in the Vendor Products and Services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services advertised in London.

All Vendors
London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 7,472 11,138 17,218
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 37.99% 39.28% 39.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,006 7,714 11,666
Median daily rate £500 £500 £500
10th Percentile £303 £256 £285
90th Percentile £675 £688 £675
England median daily rate £465 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +3.33% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 84 198 270
Median hourly rate £28.75 £21.00 £19.13
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +36.90% +9.80% -4.38%
10th Percentile £13.68 £12.48 £12.75
90th Percentile £68.00 £50.00 £38.60
Median hourly rate £22.38 £18.60 £17.50
% change year-on-year +20.30% +6.32% +0.84%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in London

Job postings citing Microsoft as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in London.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in London

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Microsoft in London.

Daily rate trend for Microsoft in London

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Microsoft in London over the 6 months to 25 February 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Microsoft in London

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Microsoft in London.

Hourly rate trend for Microsoft in London

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Histogram in London

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Microsoft in London over the 6 months to 25 February 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in London

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the London region over the 6 months to 25 February 2021. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Central London -4 274 £500 +11.11% 200
West London -3 43 £488 +48.85% 70
South London +7 19 £375 -6.25% 18
East London -3 17 £225 -43.75% 66
North London -3 3 £201 +11.81% 7
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 25 February 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the London region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 931 (50.68%) Azure
2 455 (24.77%) Microsoft 365
3 427 (23.24%) Windows
4 420 (22.86%) Agile Software Development
5 416 (22.65%) Finance
6 381 (20.74%) Active Directory
7 357 (19.43%) SQL
8 325 (17.69%) DevOps
9 315 (17.15%) SQL Server
10 290 (15.79%) Power Platform
11 275 (14.97%) Business Intelligence
12 252 (13.72%) PowerShell
13 251 (13.66%) .NET
14 231 (12.57%) SharePoint
15 230 (12.52%) Microsoft Office
16 224 (12.19%) C#
17 223 (12.14%) Migration
18 210 (11.43%) Security Cleared
19 209 (11.38%) AWS
20 182 (9.91%) Power BI
21 177 (9.64%) SC Cleared
22 174 (9.47%) VMware
23 173 (9.42%) Microsoft Excel
24 169 (9.20%) Windows Server
25 166 (9.04%) Public Sector
26 154 (8.38%) Windows 10
27 150 (8.17%) Problem-Solving
28 149 (8.11%) Analytical Skills
29 145 (7.89%) Azure Active Directory
30 144 (7.84%) Python

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in London by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 231 (12.57%) SharePoint
2 56 (3.05%) Skype for Business
3 52 (2.83%) MS Exchange
4 39 (2.12%) Confluence
5 31 (1.69%) CMS
6 21 (1.14%) IIS
7 17 (0.93%) Apache Spark
8 16 (0.87%) WebSphere
9 15 (0.82%) NServiceBus
10 10 (0.54%) ArcGIS
10 10 (0.54%) SharePoint 2013
11 9 (0.49%) Apache
11 9 (0.49%) SharePoint 2010
12 8 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2010
12 8 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2013
13 7 (0.38%) Tomcat
13 7 (0.38%) WordPress
14 6 (0.33%) nginx
14 6 (0.33%) SharePoint Server
14 6 (0.33%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 230 (12.52%) Microsoft Office
2 173 (9.42%) Microsoft Excel
3 80 (4.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 50 (2.72%) Microsoft Project
5 37 (2.01%) MS Visio
6 8 (0.44%) Photoshop
7 5 (0.27%) Gephi
7 5 (0.27%) InfoPath
7 5 (0.27%) Spreadsheet
8 4 (0.22%) Chatbot
9 3 (0.16%) Camtasia
10 2 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 1 (0.054%) Acrobat
11 1 (0.054%) AutoCAD
11 1 (0.054%) Figma
11 1 (0.054%) Snagit
11 1 (0.054%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 80 (4.35%) Dynamics CRM
2 25 (1.36%) Dynamics NAV
3 14 (0.76%) Dynamics AX
4 5 (0.27%) Oracle Financials
5 4 (0.22%) Elite 3E
5 4 (0.22%) Infor M3
6 3 (0.16%) Cerner Millennium
6 3 (0.16%) Dynamics GP
6 3 (0.16%) SAP S/4HANA
6 3 (0.16%) Sentinel
7 2 (0.11%) Aligne
7 2 (0.11%) CA PPM
7 2 (0.11%) Magento
7 2 (0.11%) Maximo
7 2 (0.11%) Oracle EBS R12
7 2 (0.11%) SAP ERP
7 2 (0.11%) SAP SCM
8 1 (0.054%) Markit EDM
8 1 (0.054%) Oracle BPM
8 1 (0.054%) Sage 200
Cloud Services
1 931 (50.68%) Azure
2 455 (24.77%) Microsoft 365
3 290 (15.79%) Power Platform
4 209 (11.38%) AWS
5 145 (7.89%) Azure Active Directory
6 139 (7.57%) Dynamics 365
7 126 (6.86%) PowerApps
8 105 (5.72%) PaaS
9 96 (5.23%) IaaS
10 83 (4.52%) Serverless
11 60 (3.27%) Logic Apps
12 58 (3.16%) Azure Data Factory
12 58 (3.16%) OneDrive
13 53 (2.89%) GCP
14 52 (2.83%) Power Automate
15 51 (2.78%) Azure Functions
15 51 (2.78%) SaaS
16 49 (2.67%) Cloud Computing
17 33 (1.80%) GitHub
18 28 (1.52%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 112 (6.10%) Firewall
2 110 (5.99%) DNS
3 68 (3.70%) Skype
4 62 (3.38%) VPN
5 55 (2.99%) WAN
6 53 (2.89%) DHCP
6 53 (2.89%) TCP/IP
7 52 (2.83%) LAN
8 31 (1.69%) Network Security
9 26 (1.42%) Internet
9 26 (1.42%) Unified Communications
10 24 (1.31%) MPLS
11 23 (1.25%) Wi-Fi
12 21 (1.14%) SAN
13 19 (1.03%) HTTP
13 19 (1.03%) Wireless
14 18 (0.98%) VoIP
15 16 (0.87%) Intranet
16 15 (0.82%) DMZ
17 11 (0.60%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 315 (17.15%) SQL Server
2 182 (9.91%) Power BI
3 98 (5.33%) Data Warehouse
4 83 (4.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 62 (3.38%) Azure SQL Database
5 62 (3.38%) Data Lake
6 45 (2.45%) Relational Database
7 43 (2.34%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 40 (2.18%) Big Data
9 39 (2.12%) Cosmos DB
9 39 (2.12%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 25 (1.36%) NoSQL
11 24 (1.31%) PostgreSQL
11 24 (1.31%) Tableau
12 23 (1.25%) MySQL
13 22 (1.20%) DB2
14 21 (1.14%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
15 19 (1.03%) RDBMS
16 18 (0.98%) QlikView
16 18 (0.98%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 78 (4.25%) JIRA
2 69 (3.76%) Git (software)
3 68 (3.70%) Jenkins
4 46 (2.50%) Visual Studio Team System
5 38 (2.07%) Visual Studio
6 25 (1.36%) Team Foundation Server
7 23 (1.25%) Octopus Deploy
8 20 (1.09%) GitLab
9 13 (0.71%) TeamCity
10 12 (0.65%) SonarQube
10 12 (0.65%) Sonatype Nexus
11 11 (0.60%) Selenium
12 9 (0.49%) Cucumber
12 9 (0.49%) SpecFlow
13 8 (0.44%) Bitbucket
13 8 (0.44%) Cypress.io
13 8 (0.44%) git-flow
13 8 (0.44%) webpack
14 6 (0.33%) JUnit
15 5 (0.27%) PowerDesigner
General
1 416 (22.65%) Finance
2 166 (9.04%) Public Sector
3 121 (6.59%) Banking
4 73 (3.97%) Marketing
5 54 (2.94%) Telecoms
6 48 (2.61%) Law
7 45 (2.45%) Manufacturing
8 41 (2.23%) Retail
9 35 (1.91%) Electronics
9 35 (1.91%) Legal
10 21 (1.14%) Financial Institution
11 20 (1.09%) Advertising
12 17 (0.93%) Front Office
12 17 (0.93%) Investment Banking
13 16 (0.87%) Local Government
14 11 (0.60%) Spanish Language
15 10 (0.54%) Retail Banking
16 9 (0.49%) Digital Economy
16 9 (0.49%) Pharmaceutical
17 8 (0.44%) Police
Job Titles
1 299 (16.28%) Developer
2 239 (13.01%) Architect
3 215 (11.70%) Analyst
4 184 (10.02%) Consultant
5 122 (6.64%) Azure Engineer
6 78 (4.25%) .NET Developer
7 71 (3.86%) Project Manager
8 67 (3.65%) DevOps Engineer
9 64 (3.48%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 61 (3.32%) Azure Architect
11 58 (3.16%) Solutions Architect
12 48 (2.61%) Support Engineer
13 47 (2.56%) Business Analyst
13 47 (2.56%) Data Engineer
14 45 (2.45%) Administrator
14 45 (2.45%) C# Developer
15 41 (2.23%) Cloud Architect
16 39 (2.12%) Cloud Engineer
16 39 (2.12%) Data Analyst
17 37 (2.01%) Data Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 251 (13.66%) .NET
2 92 (5.01%) Web Services
3 91 (4.95%) ASP.NET
4 77 (4.19%) HTML
5 74 (4.03%) .NET Core
6 72 (3.92%) AngularJS
6 72 (3.92%) React
7 63 (3.43%) JSON
8 58 (3.16%) REST
9 57 (3.10%) CSS
10 49 (2.67%) XML
11 48 (2.61%) ASP.NET Web API
12 47 (2.56%) .NET Framework
13 35 (1.91%) ASP.NET Core
14 33 (1.80%) HTML5
15 31 (1.69%) Kafka
16 24 (1.31%) Node.js
17 23 (1.25%) ASP.NET MVC
18 22 (1.20%) CSS3
18 22 (1.20%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 149 (8.11%) Analytical Skills
2 77 (4.19%) Data Centre
3 76 (4.14%) User Experience
4 47 (2.56%) Greenfield Project
4 47 (2.56%) Management Information System
5 40 (2.18%) Public Cloud
6 35 (1.91%) NHS
7 31 (1.69%) Data Structures
7 31 (1.69%) Hybrid Cloud
8 25 (1.36%) Video Conferencing
9 24 (1.31%) Self-Motivation
10 23 (1.25%) Cloud Native
11 22 (1.20%) Private Cloud
12 19 (1.03%) Blackberry
12 19 (1.03%) PKI
12 19 (1.03%) Virtual Team
13 17 (0.93%) Mobile App
14 14 (0.76%) Algorithms
15 13 (0.71%) Reference Data
16 11 (0.60%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 427 (23.24%) Windows
2 169 (9.20%) Windows Server
3 154 (8.38%) Windows 10
4 121 (6.59%) Linux
5 55 (2.99%) Windows Server 2012
6 47 (2.56%) Windows 7
7 40 (2.18%) Windows Server 2016
8 30 (1.63%) Apple iOS
8 30 (1.63%) Windows Server 2019
9 29 (1.58%) Unix
10 25 (1.36%) Windows Server 2008
11 23 (1.25%) Android
12 20 (1.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 8 (0.44%) Mac OS
14 7 (0.38%) Windows Mobile
15 6 (0.33%) Solaris
15 6 (0.33%) Windows 8
16 5 (0.27%) Mac OS X
17 3 (0.16%) CentOS
18 2 (0.11%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 420 (22.86%) Agile Software Development
2 325 (17.69%) DevOps
3 275 (14.97%) Business Intelligence
4 223 (12.14%) Migration
5 150 (8.17%) Problem-Solving
6 141 (7.68%) Scrum
7 129 (7.02%) Analytics
8 124 (6.75%) ITIL
9 122 (6.64%) Project Delivery
10 121 (6.59%) Project Management
11 105 (5.72%) CRM
11 105 (5.72%) Data Modelling
12 103 (5.61%) Stakeholder Management
13 96 (5.23%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 92 (5.01%) Microservices
15 91 (4.95%) TDD
16 88 (4.79%) Change Management
17 84 (4.57%) Information Security
18 75 (4.08%) Cybersecurity
18 75 (4.08%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 357 (19.43%) SQL
2 252 (13.72%) PowerShell
3 224 (12.19%) C#
4 144 (7.84%) Python
5 140 (7.62%) JavaScript
6 91 (4.95%) Java
7 69 (3.76%) T-SQL
8 48 (2.61%) TypeScript
9 31 (1.69%) Bash Shell
9 31 (1.69%) C
10 28 (1.52%) VB
11 17 (0.93%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
12 16 (0.87%) R
13 15 (0.82%) VBA
14 14 (0.76%) C++
14 14 (0.76%) Java 8
14 14 (0.76%) VBScript
15 13 (0.71%) PL/SQL
16 11 (0.60%) Ruby
17 10 (0.54%) Scala
Qualifications
1 210 (11.43%) Security Cleared
2 177 (9.64%) SC Cleared
3 109 (5.93%) Degree
4 84 (4.57%) Microsoft Certification
5 39 (2.12%) DV Cleared
6 27 (1.47%) MCSE
7 24 (1.31%) Cisco Certification
7 24 (1.31%) ISEB
8 22 (1.20%) CISSP
9 20 (1.09%) ISTQB
10 18 (0.98%) MCSA
11 17 (0.93%) Computer Science Degree
12 15 (0.82%) ITIL Certification
13 13 (0.71%) BPSS Clearance
13 13 (0.71%) TOGAF Certification
14 11 (0.60%) CISM
14 11 (0.60%) PMP
14 11 (0.60%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 10 (0.54%) MCP
15 10 (0.54%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 57 (3.10%) QA
2 40 (2.18%) SLA
3 34 (1.85%) Data Quality
4 28 (1.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 28 (1.52%) PMO
5 26 (1.42%) GDPR
6 9 (0.49%) NCSC
6 9 (0.49%) NIST
7 8 (0.44%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 8 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 7 (0.38%) ISO/IEC 17025
9 4 (0.22%) COBIT
9 4 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 2 (0.11%) Disclosure Scotland
10 2 (0.11%) HIPAA
10 2 (0.11%) HL7
10 2 (0.11%) IFRS
10 2 (0.11%) PCI DSS
10 2 (0.11%) SEPA
11 1 (0.054%) Cyber Essentials
System Software
1 381 (20.74%) Active Directory
2 121 (6.59%) VMware Infrastructure
3 81 (4.41%) Docker
4 45 (2.45%) vSphere
5 37 (2.01%) VMware ESXi
6 29 (1.58%) Hyper-V
7 16 (0.87%) Virtual Desktop
8 15 (0.82%) Virtual Machines
8 15 (0.82%) VMware NSX
9 13 (0.71%) XenApp
10 10 (0.54%) XenDesktop
11 8 (0.44%) Apache ZooKeeper
12 7 (0.38%) Terminal Server
12 7 (0.38%) Xen
13 6 (0.33%) BitLocker
13 6 (0.33%) KVM
13 6 (0.33%) NFS
14 4 (0.22%) SRDF
14 4 (0.22%) UAG
14 4 (0.22%) VMFS
Systems Management
1 124 (6.75%) SCCM
2 100 (5.44%) Terraform
3 83 (4.52%) Kubernetes
4 79 (4.30%) Microsoft Intune
5 55 (2.99%) Ansible
6 27 (1.47%) Single Sign-On
7 25 (1.36%) Opscode Chef
8 23 (1.25%) Puppet
9 17 (0.93%) SCOM
10 11 (0.60%) HP Quality Center
11 10 (0.54%) vCenter Server
11 10 (0.54%) vRealize
12 9 (0.49%) PowerCLI
12 9 (0.49%) WSUS
13 8 (0.44%) AirWatch
13 8 (0.44%) Packer
14 7 (0.38%) Cisco CUCM
14 7 (0.38%) EnCase
14 7 (0.38%) Microsoft Clustering
14 7 (0.38%) QRadar
Vendors
1 174 (9.47%) VMware
2 92 (5.01%) Oracle
3 88 (4.79%) Cisco
4 82 (4.46%) Citrix
5 75 (4.08%) Databricks
6 73 (3.97%) Google
7 68 (3.70%) SAP
8 34 (1.85%) IBM
9 32 (1.74%) HP
9 32 (1.74%) Salesforce.com
10 28 (1.52%) Splunk
11 23 (1.25%) Apple
11 23 (1.25%) SolarWinds
12 22 (1.20%) Dell
13 21 (1.14%) Palo Alto
14 18 (0.98%) Red Hat
15 17 (0.93%) EMC
15 17 (0.93%) ServiceNow
16 16 (0.87%) CheckPoint
16 16 (0.87%) Okta